Our podcast with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle (and current NFL Network analyst ) Warren Sapp coincides with the premiere of the latest installment of the NFL Network's "A Football Life" series. This time, NFL Films reviews the lives and friendship of Philadelphia Eagles defensive linemen Jerome Brown and Reggie White. You can catch the documentary Thursday night at 10:00 p.m. ET, and through multiple re-airings, on the NFL Network.
Sapp, who looked up to the late, great, Reggie White and went to Miami just as Jerome Brown did, was the ideal person to talk to while thinking about a show that features that much talent on the defensive front.
Warren first told me about the feeling of fraternity that carries alums of "Da U" through their lives:
"It's our university, we take so much pride in it, and I liked to call it the purest form of the game we loved. In college, it's just for the pride — you put the colors on and go to work, and after the game, you have a keg party!"
On a more serious subject, Sapp's thoughts on what made White so great — was he the greatest defensive lineman of all time?
"He's the greatest defender to play this game, without any question, and it's not even close. He was unblockable — at one point, he had more sacks than games! He told me one time at a Pro Bowl — because I was sitting there, trying to steal some knowledge from him and Sean Jones. He said to us, 'I have a move where I can actually break the offensive lineman's arm.' And I said, 'Give it to me!' And he said, 'No, because you would use it!' I'm like, 'I sure would, and why don't you?' And he said, 'The game is not meant to be that way, Sapp!' So, he held back a little knowledge on me, because I wanted that move."
Warren has a lot to talk about in this podcast — both about his own playing days and the guys who play his position and make the game great today. It's a must-listen! Subscribe to the Shutdown Corner iTunes link (in iTunes, go to "Advanced/Subscribe to Podcast," and paste this link in: http://ysportspods.podbean.com/category/shutdown/feed/). You can also use the link below to either left-click and listen, or right-click to save to your computer.